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Tank Size Discussion for Scaping/Lighting/Etc

Hello folks,

Just for the future plans I am making in my head in terms of a planted tank, what are recommended and not-recommended sizes? I know that for example 37 vs 38 might have different footprints that make one harder to light and plant, etc. Aquascaping philosophy changes too with the tall-but-relatively-narrow tanks as well from what I have read.

I'm looking for a sub-55 gallon probably (to avoid landlord issues; 3-foot tank and definitely 4-foot is probably my max). I currently am just barely (not even have my toes wet in the hobby) getting into all this and have a 20 G high but already have an eye toward the future when I will have a bigger tank and can expand into a mix of Otos/Shrimp/BN and still have room for tetras and centerpiece fish or two if compatible.

Any pros/cons you've had with various sizes would be great to read, thank you...


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General rule of thumb for planted tanks is having a big footprint and less height to the tank. (i.e. many people prefer a 40breeder to a standard 55g because it offers more depth)

It's very possible to make any tank setup look amazing...you just have to be a little artistic and choose plants wisely.
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I know its not 55G but 29G is better than 30G for scaping from what Ive read and heard


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It's very possible to make any tank setup look amazing...you just have to be a little artistic and choose plants wisely.
Very true!!! I am working on a 2.5G hex thats 8 inches at the widest and 10 inches high (pretty tall and narrow if you ask me)... I hope I can make look good!!!


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my wife has a 20 long and it is like awesomeness

aside from it being a little small it really is perfection for dimension ratios

she can grow red plants 4 inches from the bottom

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my wife has a 20 long and it is like awesomeness

aside from it being a little small it really is perfection for dimension ratios

she can grow red plants 4 inches from the bottom
And THAT's why I'm looking for a 20L on craigslist.
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The general rule of thumb is 2:1, 2 inches of length to 1 inch of width.
But as Capsaicin_MFK said you can make any tank size work you just have to be willing to think outside the box and pick plants wisely. If you looking for a 3 foot tank i would get a 40 breeder or if your willing to downsize a 20 long simply because they are so readily available. just my .02

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20L and 40B are great.

As mentioned above, tall and narrow are characteristics to stay away from for planted tanks. Aquascaping with hardscape gets really tough, the lighting is more difficult to get right, and it is a pain when you have to get your hands in the tank.


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The 40B I had was nice but I would go for a 54 breeder if I did it again. A little more height is nice, but it's still deeper (width) than it is tall.


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Just my 2 cents but since your starting out in the hobby and don't want to spend that much money I would advise going with the 20 long. There is a good foot print that allows you dive in and look at different scaping options and the tank is shallow which allows for wiggle room on the amount of lighting that you're going to need.

I started a few of my friends out with 20 longs. You can walk right out of petsmart with a 20, adequate filtration, floramax/florite substrate, and all chemicals if you wish to keep fish for under 80 bucks and in this hobby that is extremely cheap.

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Don't get a 55 gallon. I have one. It is a nightmare to scape. You are always wishing you have just a little more depth.

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